Thursday, May 22, 2014

Ramen Nagi at SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Ramen Nagi Manila

Ramen Nagi is a ramen restaurant located on the 5th floor of SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. It traces its roots from the Ramen Nagi chain in Tokyo, Japan which now has international branches in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia and now the Philippines.

Ramen Nagi Manila

We really couldn't recall the last time we ate ramen, I think it was way back in 2009 at a local ramen joint in Manila. We have seen several ramen houses, both international and local brands, opening everywhere but we didn't show interest. We were busy traveling around the Philippines and focused more on regional Filipino cuisine.

Ramen Nagi Manila

Recently, we realized that we have become so unfamiliar with Metro Manila. Ironic because we are based here. We are overwhelmed by how much the dining scene has dramatically changed, especially the influx of international restaurant franchises. So we decided to update ourselves with some new restaurants, and here we are at Ramen Nagi at SM Aura.

Ramen Nagi Manila

We like the interior or the store, you really feel the Japanese atmosphere inside. They also play modern Japanese music, some of which I am familiar with. It's cool! It really sets the mood.  

Ramen Nagi Manila

The service crew walked us through the ordering process. We were first introduced to the basic ramen choices, explaining the flavor profile of each type. Wow, we are really impressed by how much familiar they are with their products. They even give you professional recommendation based on your personal taste.

Ramen Nagi Manila
customize your ramen
Being first timers, we chose their best-seller, the Butao King Ramen (P390 + 10% service charge). It is basically a traditional tonkatsu ramen with pork as a soup base. We also like the idea that you can customize your ramen according to your taste and the ingredients you want in your ramen. For the soup base, we chose the normal-level for flavor. We will use this as our point of comparison for our future revisit to Ramen Nagi.

Ramen Nagi Manila
ramen with vegetables

We also chose pork shoulder over pork belly as the former is less fatty according to the service crew. Ramil had his ramen mixed with vegetables while I requested the greens to be removed (there are only a few vegetables that I can eat). We also skipped the spicy Butao home made fire sauce.Though it was recommended to add at least a little spice in the ramen. Maybe we will do that next time.

Ramen Nagi Manila
ramen without vegetables

We were then asked to specify the firmness of our noodles. We were recommended to choose hard noddles which has a chunky consistency, making it more enjoyable to the bite. Ramil had the hard noodles, while I had the normal noodles. Next time I'd like to try the hard noodles.

Ramen Nagi Manila
ramen with tamago

Lastly, we were asked if we want some extras to go with our ramen. The decision was unanimous! Ramil and I requested for tamago. It is somewhat like a hard-boiled egg cooked in a flavored broth. The yolk is rather jelly but very flavorful. Be careful when you bite on the tamago as the yolk will literally ooze out of the egg.

Ramen Nagi Manila

Another interesting ingredient in their ramen is the kikurage. It is a type of mushroom that has a subtle earthy flavor and very crunchy to the bite. 

Ramen Nagi Manila

Overall, we enjoyed our ramen. The soup base was very flavorful and rich in taste profile. The meat was very tender and the tamago was divine! Each bowl was already a complete meal. Ramen Nagi is definitely far, far better than the last ramen we had back in 2009. Ramen Nagi has truly raised the bar when it comes to ramen dining in Manila. We will surely be back to try their other ramen variants. By then, we can better customize our ramen to suit our taste. We are looking forward to our next Ramen Nagi experience.

Ramen Nagi 
5th Floor, SM Aura Premier
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Telephone: (02) 8286793
Store Houres: Monday - Sunday: 10:00am - 10:00pm
Instagram: @RamenNagiManila

Why do we feature international cuisine and restaurants? So you don't need to go out of the country anymore, we already have it here in the Philippines :-)

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